Wigan vs Nottingham Forest
FA Cup – Third Round.
Date: Saturday, 7th January 2017,
Kick-off at 15:00 UK.
Venue: DW Stadium, Wigan.
It is a clash between two struggling Championship teams when Wigan Athletic welcome Nottingham Forest for the FA Cup third round fixture on Saturday evening.
A 1-0 home defeat to Huddersfield Town on 2nd January stretched the win-less run of Wigan to 7 matches. Warren Joyce, who took over as head-coach on November has a tough task at hand of saving the team from relegation. He started well with a win and a draw inside first three matches, but Wigan got back to their usual struggles within no time. The FA clash will be of no priority for Joyce and he might go in with a starting eleven filled with fringes.
Nottingham Forest are another side with ample threat of relegation in the Championship. They are just 2 points above danger at the moment and are marred by inconsistent runs from the beginning of this campaign. Forest were beaten by Barnsley at home by a narrow 1-0 margin to inflict the third consecutive loss. Moreover, they are win-less in the last 6, with 5 of them being draws.
Wigan vs Nottingham Forest: Head-to-head stats
It was an absolute thriller when the teams met at the Nottingham City Ground on 20th September 2016 for the Championship clash. Forest won the tie by a 4-3 margin with the winner coming deep inside the injury time.
Nottingham Forest can now boast of a 2 match unbeaten run against Wigan, with both wins coming at their home ground. However, Wigan were unbeaten in the previous 6 matches with 3 wins and 3 draws.
At the DW stadium, the teams settled for draws in 3 of the last four meetings with a lone win coming for Wigan.
Wigan vs Nottingham Forest: Prediction
None of these teams are expected to go with full strength squads due to their fight to avoid relegation in the Championship this season. Also it is almost impossible to separate the two teams of paper as they are finding it hard to win matches both home and away. It will be beneficial to opt for both teams to score and both teams have plenty of holes to fix in their defensive wall.
Wigan vs Nottingham Forest: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score at 1.80 (4/5).